Tech Thoughts Daily Net News – May 5, 2013

Best Windows security apps – Just because threats to your PC continue to mutate doesn’t mean that you must pay for your peace of mind. We’ve collected some of the top free security and privacy programs available that will keep your computer safer.

3D-printable gun specs to be available next week, provider says – 3D-printable gun advocate Cody Wilson is planning to release next week the specs for a gun he calls “the Liberator.” The University of Texas law student and founder of the non-profit Defense Distributed tells Forbes he will release the CAD files for the gun, which will allow anyone with access to a 3D printer to print the gun without having to bother with things like a serial number, background check or waiting period.

Twitter needs to grow up and take responsibility, some say – Twitter, the increasingly popular microblogging service, has come under quite a bit of criticism in the past few weeks. Users of the platform, which describes itself as an “information-sharing network” are struggling with what to do about false information being spread around.

Scan Documents To PDF Using FastStone Image Viewer – Buried in Fastone Image Viewer is an option where you can scan documents and save them as PDF files. I personally use this all of the time to convert my paper documents to the digital PDF format.

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Chrome caching to smooth out rough patches in network – “Offline cache mode” lets Google’s browser load a saved version of a previously visited Web page. The cached version might be out of date, though.

Make your old iPhone run like new – First, take a minute to get rid of any bulky apps you never use. Dive in to Settings>General>Usage and look at the list of the apps installed on your phone. You’ll see them listed in order of the size of the app, which makes it easy to spot the serious offenders. I’ll bet you’ll be surprised.

Top Tech for Dog Lovers – So, if you’ve ever bought your dad an iPad or your girlfriend a Fitbit activity tracker, you might be interested in buying your four-legged best friend some cool tech as well. Lucky for you, we have some suggestions. In some cases these items will give you peace of mind, whether it’s making your pet more visible to drivers late at night, or alerting you if she strays too far from home. In other cases these gadgets will bring you closer to your buddy even if you are far away. One option simply spoils your pup silly by delivering new treats and toys to your doorstep every month. Think Birchbox for dogs.

Barnes & Noble offers full Google Play access for the Nook HD and HD+ – The Barnes & Noble lineup of Nook digital readers originally required a hack in order to access the full version of the Google Play store.

Infographic: LinkedIn Transforms Job Recruiting – LinkedIn is the preferred social networking site for recruiters, according to people at Masters in Human Resources.

5 quick steps for using LinkedIn for recruitment – If you’re only using LinkedIn as a glorified business-card collector, an email replacement or some kind of Facebook counterpart for business contacts, you’re missing out on its recruitment potential. With 200 million users, LinkedIn has been making great strides lately to offer better tools for searching and posting jobs. With that in mind, here are five ways your small business can use LinkedIn to catch the next great candidate.

Pickup Artist Training App Hits the iPhone – A new iOS app based on “pickup artist” Nick Savoy’s Love Systems method purports to teach shy guys how to woo women—and it’s definitely not creepy, the developers promised on Friday. What’s more, Chouquette Games assured us that Become A Pick Up Artist is “certainly not another Girls Around Me app,” a reference to a controversial and now-defunct mobile app that took publicly available information from FourSquare and Facebook, mashed it up, and presented users with a map showing where nearby females were located plus a quick link to their Facebook profiles.

Keep your laptop battery healthy: Use it sparingly – What wears down a battery? Charging and discharging. Obviously, you can’t avoid either of those acts entirely (although if you could, you wouldn’t have to worry about wearing out your battery). The trick, of course, is to do as little charging and discharging as possible. And one way to avoid charging and discharging is to remove the battery when you don’t need it.


Microsoft admits zero-day bug in IE8, pledges patch – Microsoft late Friday confirmed that a “zero-day,” or unpatched, vulnerability exists in Internet Explorer 8, the company’s most popular browser.

Path “Find Friends” blocked by Facebook for suspicious spam – Facebook has blocked Path’s access to its social graph due to Path’s recent spam debacle. This will prevent Path from being able to access the social network’s “Find Friends” feature, meaning the app won’t be able to spam your contacts list with invites. However, users will still be able to login to Path via Facebook and they will still be able to share their content onto their walls.

Beware: Fake Facebook Security Check – Trend Micro, a computer and Internet security company, has identified a new malware that pretends to be Facebook Security doing a “security check”. The Hacker News reported it as follows…..

Cyberattack affected US defense contractor over three-year period – Most, if not all, of the intellectual property of a U.S. defense contractor whose forte includes spy satellites and drone aircraft, was apparently compromised over a three-year period by Chinese hackers. Traces of the hackers’ work was found in many of the divisions of the contractor, QinetiQ (pronounced “kinetic”) and across most of their product lines, a former senior vice president at Verizon Terremark told Bloomberg News.

Call of Duty: Ghosts “beta invite” imposter websites on the prowl – Activision has recently revealed the Call of Duty: Ghosts trailer, causing excitement to fans all around. However, that excitement may have its faults as many scammers are already looking to take advantage of naive gamers. Several fake websites have begun appearing on the internet posing as Call of Duty: Ghosts websites. These sites say they’re offering free Beta keys and other goodies for your information.

Syrian Electronic Army takes over E! Online’s Twitter Account – The Syrian Electronic Army strikes again, and this time, their target was both E! Online and Justin Bieber. In a series of tweets, the SEA stated that Justin Bieber was coming out of the closet and admitting to his homosexuality in an E! Online exclusive. The group provided links following those tweets, presumably to malware infested sites. The SEA finished up their practical joke with the tweet, “The Syrian Electronic Army was here! Fans of @justinbieber, you have been trolled.” (Let’s turn Anonymous loose on these a-holes. That, would be fun to watch.   Smile)

Company News:

Google Takes A Controversial Political Stance: Google Recognizes Palestine – With one small gesture, Google has made a big statement. On Thursday the Palestine News Network reported that changed its title from “The Palestinian Territories” to “Palestine.”

PayPal considers accepting BitCoin payments – PayPal CEO John Donahoe is considering ways of implementing BitCoins into PayPal’s digital transaction network. He says that he’s watching Bitcoins very closely and expects that the virtual currency, or virtual currency in general, will be here to stay. In an interview with The Wall Street Journal, Donahoe stated that within 5 years, Bitcoins and other virtual currencies will be able to be converted into cash and be used in the real world.

eBay’s $35 Million Mess – The Business Insider reports on eBay’s two most successful affiliate partners, and why both ended up pleading guilty to wire fraud.

Microsoft entices Windows Phone developers with more payout options – Microsoft is continuing to try and entice developers to develop apps for its Windows Phone 8 platform, and this time around, they are bringing new features and statistics to better support their persuasion. It touts an increasing market share (albeit by only 2%) as one of its major selling points, as well as an increased number of first time smartphone buyers opting for the Windows Phone 8 platform.

Webopedia Daily:

Information technology (IT) supervisor – The IT supervisor works with other information technology management professionals to install, maintain, and upgrade an organization’s technology systems. Supervisors generally oversee a team of IT administrators and support personnel responsible for the day-to-day operation of the IT network and system components. Since they are closely involved in the maintenance of information systems, IT supervisors come to the position with a solid technical background. An online computer science degree or IT degree may offer the necessary foundation for the career. IT supervisors generally have a bachelor’s degree; advancement to management-level IT careers is possible with an MBA degree or advanced coursework in management information systems.

Games and Entertainment:

Sid Meier lets fly with mobile game — and why you’ll be happy to pay – Meier’s new game — and first foray into the mobile world — is “Sid Meier’s Ace Patrol,” a turn-based strategy game based on World War I fighter planes. Rather than embrace the freemium model of many others, he is using a “try to buy” model in which the first few levels are free, and each nationality is $1.99 (for a total of four). The entire game can be purchased for $5.

Eternal Darkness sequel to be crowdfunded, heads to PC and Wii U first – Eternal Darkness, a popular survival horror game released for the GameCube, will have a “spiritual successor” soon if finances are in order. Precursor Games will be developing the game and it plans on generating $1.5 million through crowdfunding in order to create Eternal Darkness’s sequel. The game will be called Shadow of the Eternals, and it will initially be available for PC and Nintendo Wii U gamers.

RuneScape 3 drops Java in favor of HTML5 – Jagex, the developers of the infamous web-browser MMORPG RuneScape, has decided that it’s time to put Java away and welcome in HTML5. The game developer knew that in order for the next sequel of RuneScape, RuneScape 3, to be successful, it needed to transition into a new engine. It considered Adobe Flash, but Flash didn’t enough power to run the game, and it thought of Microsoft Silverlight, but Silverlight is limited only to Internet Explorer.

This May the Fourth, look back at amazing ‘Return of the Jedi’ art – A Star Wars Day spectacular! Take a trip through Ralph McQuarrie’s vision of the alien worlds and characters seen in “Return of the Jedi,” which celebrates three decades this year.

Off Topic (Sort of):

Iron Penguin: First open-source “Iron Man” suit within reach? – Building on the ground-breaking work of billionaire genius Tony Stark, the first Linux-powered Iron Man suits may soon be within the reach of homebrew builders.

What I learned living abroad as a digital nomad – Digital nomad Mike Elgan returns to the U.S. after 10 months of travel and shares these tips for working and living abroad.

Spam’s birthday and Hotmail’s closure lead email milestones – The first spam message sent on what was to become the Internet—Arpanet—is attributed to Gary Thuerk, who on May 3, 1978 sent a message to a mailing list of 393 people promoting a new computer model from the now defunct Digital Equipment Corporation. The practice was immediately condemned by Arpanet users, but the mailing did sell a computer or two for DEC, which only encouraged spammers, who were willing tolerate a little revulsion in exchange for sales.

Swearing in Fantasy and Fiction – A lot of writers worry about the use of bad language in their work. It is a legitimate concern, depending on the audience you are writing for. Some writers abhor the use of expletives and curses, choosing to avoid it entirely. Some writers dump expletives with abandon, and pepper their dialog with spicy adjective sandwiches.

Ancient cemetery found under parking lot in England – It would seem parking lots in England are the places to go for those wanting to find some ancient bones – or, in this case, a rather large grave, which is said to be the final resting place of individuals of different religions, making it especially unque. The discovery was made in Leicester, England, and is said to be approximately 1700 years old. This isn’t the first time Leicester has been the source of an unearthed ancient grave cite, with the remains of King Richard III being found under a parking lot earlier this year.

Spy court OK’d all U.S. wiretap requests it received in 2012 – A special court established to review government requests for warrants to conduct electronic surveillance of suspected foreign spies received close to 1,900 warrant requests last year — all of which it approved. (I have some old rubber stamps perhaps these guys could make use of. Oh, wait….)

Today’s Quote:

The price of freedom of religion, or of speech, or of the press, is that we must put up with a good deal of rubbish.”

–    Robert Jackson

Today’s Free Downloads:

Digital Home Server – The Digital Home Server (DHS) is a FREE home automation and multimedia application which is easy to use, and aimed at non-technical users.DHS is actually a graphical framework with a number of applications. Some applications are small and can be dragged around the screen, others are full screen.

OpenRocket 13.05 – A free, fully featured model rocket simulator that allows you to design and simulate your rockets before actually building and flying them.

iSpy – iSpy uses your webcams and microphones to detect and record movement or sound and provides security, surveillance, monitoring and alerting services. Any media that is captured is compressed to flash video and made available, securely over the web. iSpy can be setup to run on multiple computers simultaneously. iSpy is free, open-source software, so if you want it to do anything else, please download the source code and customise it to your requirements.



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2 responses to “Tech Thoughts Daily Net News – May 5, 2013

  1. Today’s Quote:
    “The price of freedom of religion, or of speech, or of the press, is that we must put up with a good deal of rubbish.”
    At the rate that our freedoms are being eroded, they may soon be rubbish.

    • Hi Bob,

      Part of the issue, it seems to me is – we don’t hold politicians responsible for their actions. A simple first step would be to boycott any/all businesses owned or operated by selected politicians – or, their family members. Enough with the talk – make these facists pigs pay. Directly from their pockets.